Baseball: Pioneers top Anoka, lose to Isanti and Twin Ports

Pioneer center fielder Brandon Giese snagged a fly ball at the wall, taking an extra-base hit from Isanti. (Photo by Greg Hunt)


The Elk River Pioneers picked up a 3-2 win over Anoka while losing twice in the Isanti tournament this past weekend.

The Pioneers lost to Isanti, defending state Class C champion, by 8-4 on Friday evening.  Jim Brown pitched the distance for the Pioneers. Some of the runs were unearned as the Pioneers had fielding miscues.  Matt Duong pitched the route for Isanti and got the win.

Jake Berwin, Aaron Pipenhagen and Matt Milless all went 2-for-3 for Elk River. Berwyn had a double and an RBI and Harley Thompson delivered an RBI single.  A defensive highlight was Brandon Giese’s leaping catch of a fly ball at the center field fence.

Jim Brown pitched the distance against Isanti. (Photo by Greg Hunt)

Pipenhagen pitched 3-hitter with 9 strikeouts as the Pioneers edged Anoka 3-2 on Saturday. Jack Niedenfues took the loss for Anoka.

The Pioneers got a run in the fourth when Corey Kaminski singled and scored on three walks. They took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when  Christian Korlath doubled home a run and scored on Lance Johnson’s single.

Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior beat the Pioneers 7-5 on Sunday. Joe Nielson was 2-for-3 for the Pioneers, who had only five hits. Alex Hoff pitched two innings, giving up three runs, and had to stop because of a sore leg. Harley Thompson  pitched the final six innings, giving up four runs, including a two-run homer by Bolander (no first name available). Thompson, a Champlin Park graduate now playing outfield for Hamline, struck out seven and walked five.

The Pioneers (3-4) will play at Albertville on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and will host Blaine on Saturday at 4 p.m.